Karstyle Offers Facelift Kit To Upgrade Old Tesla Model S Nose

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Update: We advise that you be cautious with any purchases such as this. The images below are not actual photos — just renders/visualizations. The company isn’t really known in the Tesla owner community from what we’ve seen. It would be prudent to see some real-world examples and vet the company before making a purchase.

The folks over at Karstyle recently launched a new facelift kit for the older-style Model S to give it the smooth lines of the upgraded Model S that was released last month. The big change is with the lower fascia that does away with the old black bubble grill and smooths things over in a very pleasant way.

karstyle_blue facelift

The upgrade doesn’t play with what would surely be an expensive upgrade to the new headlight design, but really nails the big feature of the new aesthetic change with the new bumper. I personally like the new look and don’t really notice the “old” headlight design. It works and really makes the frontend look quite a bit sleeker, smoother, and faster (uhhh…).

The kit isn’t just for the dreamers out there but is really aimed at (and priced for) someone with plenty of cash to burn on an upgrade that just makes the vehicle look better without any performance improvements.

karstyle_red facelift

I love playing with Model S and even some of the beautiful upgrades from EV Annex … but that’s all centered around the functionality of them. The car has a few outages in the area of internal storage, coat hangers, tire protectors, and the like that are easily solved.

I might even be enough of a car geek to go for this upgrade, because I do like the look, but the price tag feels a bit steep at $3,450. What do you think? Worth it? Too expensive to upgrade to the new look without any of the new tech perks? Check out the kit here and share your thoughts below.

All images courtesy Karstyle


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18 thoughts on “Karstyle Offers Facelift Kit To Upgrade Old Tesla Model S Nose

  • Man, I freakin’ LOVE the new design and this facelift option. At the same time, hard to justify $3,450 on aesthetics… On the other hand, it would help the car to stand out more, attracting more strangers, and potentially EVangelizing them and CleanTechnicizing them. 😀

    • Looks a little more rounded and classy than the standard new MS. If you can afford the P90D, you probably have the money to spend that sort of coin on aesthetic extras. I don’t have that sort of coin but I still admire classy machinery owned by others.

  • As much as I like to support an aftermarket company, one would be foolish to pay this price. Compared to similar priced carbon fiber kits for a Porsche or AM, these guys missed an early opportunity.

    • It costs more than you think. The website says they will only sell it for installation by an approved body shop and the price does not include the 4 hours labour they estimate it will take to fit.

      • That’s the problem-I know all about these types of kits. The price is insulting. With so many companies in this space, why not wait for a properly priced facelift?

  • Interesting, but since I have a 2013 P85, in addition to a new nose, I don’t have:

    autopilot
    electric folding mirrors
    parking sensors
    next gen seats
    all-wheel drive
    console/cup holders
    TPMS display for all 4 tires (just the idiot notice if 1 is low)
    Newer battery chemistry (have “B” battery)
    new style headlights (which this doesn’t address, understandably)
    4G/LTE data
    and probably some things I am forgetting right now.

    So, it would be a lot more likely that I just bite the bullet and get a new Model S at this point.

    • i’m tempted to recreate our conversation just for the fun of it, but will assume you wouldn’t find that as fun, so won’t try 😀

      but yeah, P110D with Autopilot II in 2–3 years sounds like a good one to upgrade to. 😀

  • Does anyone know why the kept the “lower” grill?

    • airflow for cooling I bet

  • I saw this coming. Soon ICE makers will be copying the “Tesla look”, in an effort to mimic Tesla sales as they get run over by the growing EV business.

  • I dig the look, the $$$ is way too steep

  • Would like to see a triptych – before/after/current model look.

    Any aerodynamic change speculation?

  • My LEAF got hit and to replace the bumper was $1350. So $3450 for a Tesla Nose? Seems about right.

  • It’s worth noting that folks who are interested should proceed with a purchase as large as this with caution. Vet any sites before thunking down large chunks of cash and maybe even wait for some positive customer reviews from around the world before diving in. This upgrade isn’t for me but if you are looking for real – be smart about it 🙂

  • nice renders.. any photos of a real world example?

    Now they should come up with a butt upgrade for the LEAF.. I’m sure I’d be tempted to buy one if I’d have one and they’d ask for $1000.

    • I hear those are all the rage in southern california but haven’t heard of anything for the Leaf 🙂

    • I noticed they left off the ultrasonic sensors on all the renders. They say they are transferable from the old bumper/nosecone, but it’s a little strange that they don’t show them in any pics.

  • I have a 2014 Model S, and I’ve never actually had to do it, but I believe the only way to access the 12v battery is by popping off the nosecone … seems like this thing would prevent that … and BTW, how do they access it since the redesign?

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